Will Josh Brent Rejoin The Cowboys?

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Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent (92) on the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent (92) on the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It seems to be a percolating question as of late: Will currently jailed defensive tackle Josh Brent rejoin the Dallas Cowboys upon his upcoming release?

I think the answer is simple.

Of course.

I don’t mean to minimize the actions which landed Brent in his present location. I think that story has been rehashed enough and given that the primary principle remaining in this event, Jerry Brown‘s mother, Stacey Jackson, has made tremendous efforts to forgive and move forward, perhaps all of us should—and can.

So, about Brent in a Cowboys uniform again: When and where?

The reality is that the Cowboys have little choice other than to get Brent back into the fold.

Yes, Dallas drafted one defensive tackle in the 2014 NFL draft last month, but is anybody too sure that Ken Bishop, a seventh-round selection out of Northern Illinois with one of three compensatory picks, is going to jump right in and claim a spot in defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s defensive line rotation?

Hardly.

Regardless of what anybody thinks about Brent’s history behind the wheel of a car, he’s about to be released from his 180-day jail sentence and he’s probably going to need a job. At 26 years old and with still enough time to get more than a few good years of football in, I would expect Brent and his legal staff to be preparing his formal request for reinstatement any day now—if they haven’t already.

Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones recently fanned the discussion of Brent’s return when inquired by the Dallas Morning News:

We’ll certainly look at that. The league will have a big say in when he can come back. We’ll certainly evaluate that situation when it comes. But I certainly wouldn’t rule it out.

It really doesn’t sound to me like the Cowboys have any reservations at all about getting Brent back into playing shape and on the field as soon as possible. Of course the franchise isn’t going to simply come out and state this publicly, but the desire and incentive have to be pretty high within the Jones family tree.

Why is Brent so important?

Well, in case you’ve been away for the last couple of seasons, Dallas has a defensive that is as bad as it as ever been—I really mean ever.

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  • Justin

    Every body makes mistakes. I behind him all the was. He’s suffered enough bu loosin his best friend. We should support him. We live an learn everyday. So this just might make him support mad moms n give a healthy donation to the cause. N plus the cowboys need him bad

    • Christian Blood

      That’s all pretty much true Justin. There’s always some good that can come from all tragedies. The trick is getting all of those concerned to realize that this is the case during the most difficult of times.

  • SmartThinking

    Slow down, Hoss! You’re making a lot of assumptions that have a better probability of not happening than happening.

    1. Nobody has asked Brent if he even wants to play again. 2. If he’s out of football more than two years, the game may have already passed him by. 3. Eating jail food and sitting around all day, every day is not a great way to stay in shape for the street half as much for an elite athlete. 4. He was a seventh round draft pick back then. Our seventh rounders today are probably better. 5. Can he play football and handle the scrutiny he’ll have to deal with? Better players haven’t. 6. Who’s to guarantee he’s changed?

    I’ll bet there are more negs and pro’s ( I was going to use cons and pros but thought that’d be digging at the guy) if we look at the bigger picture. I’m all for giving the guy a chance but only if it serves the team first and he can guarantee, just like Bryant has, that he’ll keep his nose clean and be an asset to the franchise.

  • Greg Hill

    The question is not what I think even though 180 days in jail for what he did is a joke. Yes he killed his best friend but it’s irrelevant who he killed. After 17 drinks, he took the life of another human being and jeopardized the safety of everyone on the road as well. Let’s ask the guy now in prison for committing the same offense and got 20 years for involuntary manslaughter what he thinks about all this. Better yet, let’s ask the victim what he thinks. Oh, that’s right, he’s dead.

  • TexasCowboy

    I agree with ya’ll that if there can be forgiveness from the victims mother
    then there can be forgiveness from the league, Unfortunately..the league
    and mainly Roger Goodel have a personal image which they must keep

    and that is? the persona of being the Elliot Ness of the NFL who puts
    the bad guys away. if Goodel goes soft on Brent then what kind of a
    message does that send to the rest?

    Every player ever suspended or banned lifetime from the NFL
    and every idiot fan. starts kicking in his door screaming he is
    a giant hypocrite cause he allowed a guy who pleaded to a
    lesser charge back into the league

    but the guy who was kicked out for some other offense?
    is looking for work at the unemployment offense so I do
    not believe Brent gets a second chance in the NFL